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ABS 7100: Home
You can use these searching tips for your other classes too.
When looking for books or articles by a particular, known author, type in last name, first name. For example: Bergdahl, Jacqueline.
Article databases and the catalog don't recognize phrase searching, so break your topic into the main keywords or concepts. For example, if your topic is the effect of parental drug abuse on the family, don't type in "the effect of parental drug abuse on the family." Instead, type in "parents AND drug abuse AND family" or "parents AND 'drug abuse.'"
Try to think of as many different ways to describe your topic as you can.
When you find a good article, look at their lit review or references section to see what articles the author read--you might find a few good ones that you can use. See box below for how to find articles from a references section.
You find articles or article citations in databases. These will have articles most useful to you in this class.
IMPORTANT: In most of the databases below you'll see this button: If you don't see a link to the full text of the article, click on the Find It button ! It will open a new window or tab in your browser and it will show you if we have the full text of the article through one of our other online databases or if we have the journal that your article is from in print.
If you need to get the print article, be sure to note what volume you need and double-check that we do actually have that exact volume. Write down ALL the information about the article, including the call number of the journal. If you don't know where to find the print, someone at the Information Desk will be happy to help you.
Search extensively indexed books, monographs, and conference papers. This index features citations with subject headings from a sociology-specific thesaurus designed by expert lexicographers. SocINDEX covers all subdisciplines of sociology such as anthropology, criminology, demography, ethnic, racial, and gender studies, marriage, family, and social structures, and social work.
Indexes psychology literature and related disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, cognitive science, and linguistics. Includes journals and book chapters. Use Historic PsycINFO to identify literature published as early as the 1920s. Links occur to full-text when available.
This multidisciplinary resource indexes journal literature of the social sciences. Represented disciplines include anthropology, business, communication, criminology, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, history, law, political science, psychology, religion, social psychology, sociology, social work, and urban studies. Search by topic, keyword, or author. Identify articles that cited a previous work. Links to full-text occur when available. Also known as SSCI.
Wright State subscribes to an online citation management tool called RefWorks. You can organize and manage your citation (this is particularly useful for your project or thesis!) and format your references section.